Thursday, January 3, 2013

“Agudath Israel was founded on the truth,” Says Speaker at Agudath Israel 90th Convention Marking Centennial

(Article originally written By Baruch Sherbet for the Jewish Voice, cut and edited for convenience of our blog readers, adding some quotes i remember). In an emotionally stirring event that served as the unquestionable highlight of this year’s 90th Convention of Agudath Israel of America, a crowd of approximately one thousand members and supporters filled the main ballroom of the Hilton East Brunswick in New Jersey this past Motzei Shabbos for a Centennial Banquet, where they heard gedolei Yisroel recount the glorious history of Torah Jewry’s central organization from its founding in Katowice in Poland in 1912 to its thriving present in the United States and worldwide. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Jewish Senators Derive Orthodox Vote to Detach from Senate Democrats

Democrats were confident enough they would win control of the New York Senate this year, returning to power and dominate the state’s legislative branches, but those plans were scuttled when Jewish politicians Jeffrey Klein and Simcha Felder served as spoilers by striking deals with the Republican Senate leadership. 
 
Klein and Felder each represent districts that are home to influential Jewish communities: ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn Jews in Felder’s case and upper-middle-class Jews from Riverdale and Westchester County in Klein’s case. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Results Show Local Democratic Candidates Easily overcame Previous Defeats in Borough Park



While the Lines were slightly changed in the latest round of redistricting, Borough Park and Midwood, as in 2008, gave Obama his lowest amount of support among Jewish voters. According to the official detailed results published on the Board of Elections website.  
 
In 2008, President Obama received 7,649 votes (28.61%) to McCain’s 18,924 (70.78%) in the 48th Assembly district. In the newly drawn 48th district represented by Assemblyman Dov Hikind, Obama received 6319 votes (23.64%) to Romney’s 20,207 votes (75.61%). Despite New York not being a swing state, and therefore ignored by both of the presidential campaigns, Dov Hikind as a staunch surrogate for Mitt Romney, traveling to stump on his behalf in Florida, managed to at least defeat the President in his home turf.